The Skeptics Society

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The Skeptics Society is a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, that does the following:

* Sponsors a monthly lecture series at the California Institute of Technology.

* Tapes the lectures in audio & video and makes them available for a modest fee.

* Maintains a catalogue of science and skeptical books discounted for members.

* Hosts an annual awards ceremony recognizing achievements for the year.

* Organizes an annual scientific conference centered around a major theme.

* Takes scientific trips for research and educational purposes.

* Conducts investigations and research into controversial claims.

* Holds social events to promote good will among like-minded individuals.

* Provides the press and the media with information on controversial claims.

* Maintains a speaker's bureau for schools and organizations to access.

* Maintains a telephone referral service for the public and media to access.

* Services a World Wide Web site on the Internet.

Members receive a copy of SKEPTIC, an international publication from Millennium Press, also available to institutions as well as university, college, and public libraries. SKEPTIC is carried by major bookstores in the U.S. and around the world.

The Skeptics Society and SKEPTIC magazine investigate claims by scientists, historians, and controversial figures on a wide variety of theories and conjectures including but not limited to: evolution, creationism, cults, religion, Holocaust revisionism, extreme Afrocentrism, conspiracy theories, near-death and out-of-body experiences, cryonics, life after death, witchcraft and witch crazes, mass hysterias and urban myths, hypnosis and altered states of consciousness, the difference between science and pseudoscience and the difference between history and pseudohistory, magic and the paranormal, the use and abuse of theory and statistics, the role of skepticism, medical and psychiatric claims, the scope and limitations of science and technology, gender and race issues in science, society, and history, genius and intelligence, cultural influences on science and scientific influences on culture, the capacities and limitations of the human mind and body, scientific and academic fraud and hoaxes, and many more. …